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AMERICAN RAPPER KENDRICK LAMAR WINS PRESTIGIOUS PRIZE

kendrickRapper Kendrick Lamar won the Pulitzer Prize for music Monday, making history as the first non-classical or jazz artist to win the prestigious prize.

The revered rapper is also the most commercially successful musician to receive the award, usually reserved for critically acclaimed classical acts who don’t live on the pop charts.

The 30-year-old won the prize for “DAMN.,” his raw and powerful Grammy-winning album. The Pulitzer board said Monday the album is “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.” He will win $15,000.

Lamar has been lauded for his deep lyrical content, politically charged live performances, and his profound mix of hip-hop, spoken word, jazz, soul, funk, poetry and African sounds. Since emerging on the music scene with the 2011 album “Section.80,” he has achieved the perfect mix of commercial appeal and critical respect.

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AMERICAN RAPPER NICKI MINAJ'S DOUBLE RELEASE

minaj18Last week American rapper Nicki Minaj premiered two new tracks: "Chun-Li" and "Barbie Tingz."

Minaj first took to Twitter on April 10 to announce "Barbie Tingz" and "Chun-Li" and share their artwork.

The songs are vintage Minaj, with elastic beats, combative words and the West Indian accent she slips into many of her songs. “Chun-Li” was produced by J. Reid for Chevy Musik and “Barbie Tingz” was produced by Chevy Musik, with both songs co-produced by Minaj.

Minaj has not released an album since 2014’s “The Pinkprint” but she’s been popping up on tracks with Lil Uzi Vert (“The Way Life Goes”), Travis Scott (“Krippy Kush (Remix)”), Yo Gotti (“Rake It Up”), and Migos with Cardi B (“Motorsport”). She also joined Migos’ Quavo on “She for Keeps” from Quality Control’s “Control the Streets Vol. 1” compilation.

Chun-Li sees Nicki out for blood, with the track named after a Street Fighter character who seeks revenge after her father's murder.

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VICTORIA KIMANI RELEASES NEW EP CALLED AFROPOLITAN

victoria0418Kenyan songstress Victoria Kimani has launched her new Extended Play (EP) while on her Kenyan tour.

Dubbed Afropolitan, the seven track EP is now exclusively available on the Songa app by Safaricom and soon to be released worldwide later on.

Victoria is one of the artiste’s contracted to exclusively release content on the new Music platform to help it gain popularity soon after its official launch in the region.

The award winning artiste performed some of the new songs at her show in Mombasa and Nairobi this Easter holiday.

 

The China Love singer is still riding high with her Album Safari which was released in late 2016 by her former label Chocolate city.

FAST RISING AMERICAN RAPPER CARDI B RELEASES NEW ALBUM

cardi b Cardi B's debut album Invasion of Privacy is finally here. The record includes the singles "Bodak Yellow," "Bartier Cardi," "Be Careful," and "Drip." It also has a number of surprise features from SZA, Chance the Rapper, Kehlani, J. Balvin, Bad Bunny and YG alongside previously released collabs with Migos and 21 Savage.

The album is built around Cardi’s rags-to-riches story and her desire to shut down any one-hit wonder talk with braggadocious cuts like the Project Pat-sampling “Bickenhead,” “Money Bag” and the Migos-assisted “Drip.” If there’s one thing Cardi has mastered in the past year, it’s the ability to align herself with the crème de la crème of music. From hip-hop to Latin’s top-tier acts, an impressive array of stars come out to play on Invasion of Privacy.

Bardi recruits Chance the Rapper for “Best Life” -- a finger-snapping earworm beefed up with thick drums and a breezy backing piano; she salutes her Trinidadian and Dominican roots on “I Like,” which reworks Pete Rodriguez’s classic “I Like It Like That” into a booming trap-inflected banger, with a little Latin flavor peppered in by reggaeton royalty Bad Bunny and J Balvin.

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MUTHONI DRUMMER QUEEN HAS UNVEILED VISUALS FOR THE 5TH SINGLE FROM HER NEWLY RELEASED ALBUM – SHE.

Muthoni2018Dubbed “Criminal”, is inspired by the real-life story of the widow of one of Kenya’s most wanted criminal Simon Matheri.

As you might be aware, the hardened criminal was shot and killed in Athi River in 2007 aged 30. Matheri was wanted in connection with at least 18 murders, including a leading Aids researcher and the wife of a US embassy official.

And as his dramatic capture by undercover detectives played out on TV, it became apparent that his young widow, Felista Wanjiru, was only finding out at that moment that her husband was Kenya’s most wanted criminal.

This premise is what has inspired MDQ’s fifth single in line with “SHE’s” quest to answer the question of what it’s like to be a woman in modern Kenya.

Muthoni, who watched the story unfold on TV, said: “I never forgot how shocked and lost Materi’s widow looked.

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EDDY KENZO WINS NICKELODEON FAVOURITE AFRICAN STAR AWARD

kenzoPopular Ugandan musician Eddy Kenzo has emerged winner at the 2018 Kid’s Choice Awards organized by Nickelodeon.

Eddy Kenzo was announced winner of the ‘Favourite African Star’ category beating rapper Cassper Nyovest (South Africa), athlete Caster Semenya (South Africa), singer Davido (Nigeria), comedian Emmanuella (Nigeria), and fellow East African singer Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania).

The winners were announced at the awards ceremony on Saturday 24 March.

This becomes yet another big international award that Eddy Kenzo has won. The Ugandan superstar won the BET International Viewers’ Award in 2015 and has won several others including AFRIMA Awards, Nigeria Entertainment Awards and the recent International Reggae and World Music Awards where he was named ‘Best African Entertainer’ among others.

 

OPIPS AND JARDEL RELEASE A NEW SINGLE, OBVIOUS

obviousRising Kenyan Musicians Opips & Jardel of Team Mistari have released a new jam titled Obvious featuring Kenyan rapper Pro.

Obvious is the third single off their upcoming debut album and was produced by KidKay of Red Republik and mastered by acclaimed producer Magic Mike.

The sexy laid-back single and video is a great club tune set to rock dancehall and hip-hop music lovers alike. Set in Nairobi’s famed CBD Club - Tribeka Lounge, ‘OBVIOUS’ music video was directed by Odibz who perfectly captures the duo’s energy.

The duo has previously collaborated on a number of smash hit singles: “Chini Kwa Chini”, “Another Woman” and also teamed up with Calvo Mistari on “Take It Low” and “Paper & Glue”.

Speaking about this new release, Opips said, “Our fans have been eargely waiting for our next single since TAKE IT LOW and finally we have something classy for them – I am sure they will definitely enjoy this!” The same was echoed by his longtime collaborator Jardel who says, “This song is a dedication to all the women out there. We just wanted to appreciate you and all your strength."

DIAMOND PLATNUMZ LAUNCHES ALBUM IN NAIROBI WITH AMERICAN STAR IN ATTENDANCE

diamond183 Award winning Tanzanian star Diamond Platinumz launched his much awaited album- A Boy From Tandale -at the Kenya National Theatre in Nairobi.

The event was Emceed by popular Radio host Maina Kageni was unveiled in style with artists signed to Wasafi Records in attendance to offer the East Africa’s most celebrated star support.

The party brought American star Omarion. He joined Diamond to perform their new hit together titled African Beauty which sees Diamond and Omarion both singing in English and Swahili. The video which was uploaded on YouTube less than a day ago, the video has garnered over 209,000.

The album has 18 tracks and is about Diamond’s humble beginnings in Tandale, a slum in Tanzania.

The album that will be availed on Safaricom’s Songa platform shortly features guest appearances by a number of hit makers including Tanzana’s Vanessa Mdee, American stars Rick Ross, Ne-Yo and Omarion; popular reggae band Morgan Heritage and Nigeria’s Tiwa Savage.

RIHANNA IS THE 1ST FEMALE TO GET MORE THAT 2M SREAMS ON APPLE MUSIC

rihana2018American singer Robyn Rihanna Fenty has become the first ever female artist to get more that two million streams on Apple Music.

For International Women’s Day the streaming site shared their top 20 most streamed women in music and Rihanna came out on top.

The 30-year-old songstress was closely followed by her pop rival Taylor Swift who took second place, Beyonce landed third and Ariana Grande came fourth.

When the Rude Boy singer found out, she shared a video of a little girl dancing, explaining that was her reaction on hearing the news.

In the caption she wrote: ‘When I found out that I was the first female artist to cross 2 billion worldwide streams on Apple Music! God is too lit!!!!’

Last year Rihanna was voted the second most streamed female artist on Spotify after she was beaten by New Rules singer Dua Lipa.

Rihanna is currently doing well with her Make up line Fenty by Rihanna and is rumoured to be starting her lingerie line soon.

AMERICAN RAPPER JAY Z IS THE RICHEST HIP HOP ACT OF 2018

jayz2018Hip-Hop legend, Shawn Carter aka Jay Z, has been crowned Forbes richest hip-hop act of 2018.

The rapper is making the number one position on the competitive Forbes list for the first time having overthrown his colleague Sean Combs aka P. Diddy.

It is, in fact, the first time in the list’s seven-year existence that Diddy hasn’t been No. 1.

Forbes says Jay-Z, Diddy and Dre are not only the wealthiest hip-hop acts on the planet, but the richest American musicians of any genre.

Jay Z raked in $900 million in the past year, a huge bump from the $810 million he made the year prior that earned him the No. 2 spot on Forbes’ 2017 list.

Jay Z’s net worth increase is due to his many business endeavours including his label Roc Nation, streaming service Tidal, ventures with spirits brands Armand de Brignac and D’Ussé, among others.

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